Top Coworking Podcasts for 2020: a Roundup for Workspace Insiders

As of this month, there are a reported 800,000 podcasts and 30 million podcast episodes out in the wild.

That’s a lot of talking. 

And listening.

Coworking with Iris Podcast | Maya Delano of NextSpace Coworking Santa Cruz

Podcasts are an increasingly popular way to consume information, be entertained, hear from industry insiders, and get a slice-of-life glimpse into the lives of people around the world.

Podcasts are immediate—as soon as the creator hits publish they show up in your podcast app; they’re intimate—they tend to create a one-on-one feel for listeners; and there’s a low barrier to entry to create them—anyone with a voice recording app can create one.

Coworking podcasts stretch back to the early days of the movement. Alex Hillman’s Coworking Weekly Show was one of the original ones. Now we have a growing handful of coworking podcasts covering launching a workspace, operations, community management, brand storytelling, workspace business basics and everything in-between.

Here are six of our favorite coworking podcasts for 2020. 

1. Everything Coworking Podcast

Everything Coworking is a must-listen-to for workspace operators. Hosted by Jamie Russo, founder of Enerpsace Coworking Palo Alto and executive director of the Global Workspace Association, the podcast is a goldmine of how-tos, pro tips and rock solid coworking business advice. With well over 100 episodes, Everything Coworking is one of the best coworking resources around.

Everything Coworking Podcast with Jamie Russo | CloudVO

2. GCUC Coworking Podcast

Since 2012, GCUC, the Global Coworking Unconference Conference, has been a cornerstone of the coworking movement and workspace industry. A gathering for workspace operators, industry service providers and the coworking curious, GCUC brings together some of the best and brightest in the industry. The GCUC Coworking Podcast is an extension of the vibrant GCUC community. Hosted by Tony Bacigalupo from New Work Cities, the podcast features industry insiders from around the world sharing tips, insights and perspective.

3. Coworking Out Loud

A podcast that I launched in 2017, the Coworking Out Loud Podcast is an extension of my work as a content strategist and storyteller for the coworking movement. The vision for this project is to tell the stories of the people inside the coworking community. Focused on our shared humanity and vision, the Coworking Out Loud Podcast invites guests to talk about the challenges and joys of their work in this movement, the workspace industry, and their lives.

Coworking Out Loud Podcast Cat Johnson | CloudVO



4. Coworking with Iris

Coworking with Iris is a podcast series focused on the “stories and insights of workspace creators, community catalysts, and coworking thought leaders.” Hosted by Women Who Cowork co-founder Iris Kavanagh, the podcast dates back to 2016 and includes conversations with the people shaping the coworking movement and their local coworking communities.

Coworking with Iris Podcast | CloudVO

5. Future of Work

A new coworking podcast by the team at Allwork.space, the Future of Work Podcast has already covered the future of the industry, space IoT and big data, workspace-as-a-service, content marketing and more. This project promises to become one of the go-to workspace industry resources and content platforms.

6. Coworking Conversations

Coworking Conversations is a podcast series featuring conversations with coworking business leaders around the world. The vision for the show is to “find out how they started, and how they’re growing their coworking businesses.” Hosted by Claire Carpenter and David Stroud, Coworking Conversations is an extension of the Coworking Accelerator Network, helping coworking leaders “build resilient, enterprising communities locally.”

What did we miss? Do you have a favorite coworking podcast to add to the list? Get in touch and tell us your favorites.

Cat Johnson is a coworking storyteller and blogs about coworking, the workspace industry, community and content marketing at  catjohnson.co

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp., headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudTouchdown network that grants preferential access to day offices and meeting rooms at nearly 1,000 locations worldwide for mobile workers and distributed workforces under a subscription model or on a pay-per-use basis.

Brooklyn City Guide for GWA’s Office Evolution Attendees

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In two weeks, the Global Workspace Association (GWA) is teaming up with NAIOP to host their annual conference, aptly referred to as Office Evolution. This is the first ever partnership for GWA with NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

GWA Las Vegas 2016 CloudVO team at booth

On the GWA side, nearly 300 operators from 29 states and 8 countries will be joining the NAIOP attendees at the Marriott New York Brooklyn Bridge for two days of education and conversation around the flexible office and workspace-as-a-service industries.

In order to make this exciting conference even more successful, we have co-created a GWA Brooklyn Guide and want to share it with you. You will find great tips on experiencing the main highlights, hottest spots, or unusual finds that Brooklyn has to offer.

Hundreds of attendees will attend this jointly held conference. GWA’s annual conference has become a central platform for the conversation around flexible office and workspace-as-a-service, and our team of experts at CloudVO look forward to connecting with partners and peers alike. This year, the audience includes shared workspace operators, commercial real estate professionals, landlords, developers, commercial real estate brokers and industry service and technology providers. The conference agenda is packed with discussion and expert panels, breakout sessions on operations, marketing, and technology, and of course, GWA carves out time for some social activities.

Our Brooklyn Guide is broken into three parts: “sights, eats, and drinks”, packing and transportation pointers, and for those interested or extending their stay, we feature some of Brooklyn’s flexible office space and coworking locations. Download today and get a head start on your travel plans!

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About CloudVO

CloudVO is the umbrella brand of Cloud Officing Corp, headquartered in San Francisco, California. CloudVO’s mission is to provide comprehensive virtual office, coworking and meeting room solutions to professionals under a Workplace-as-a-Service™ model. CloudVO operates the CloudMeetingRooms.com and CloudVirtualOffice.com e-commerce sites and grants preferential access to day offices, coworking space, and professional meeting rooms over 650 locations worldwide for distributed workers on a subscription or a pay-per-use basis.

Freelancing in America & GWA’s Role

This post reflects the results from a survey conducted by Edelman Berland of over 7,000 U.S. workforce members on Freelancing in America, whose Result Desk was published on October 1, 2015, and the need to corral the voice of coworking providers via the Global Workspace Association.

Here are some of the salient data from the survey, with meaningful implications for the coworking industry.

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Source: Edelman Berland Freelancing in America Survey, Oct 1, 2015

  • 34% of workforce are freelancers, or 53.7 million people
  • This represents a growth of 1.3% from prior year, which is remarkable – in the past, the number of freelancers would decrease in upswings of an economic cycle as people returned to “stable” jobs in large companies. The fact that this has not been the case in this particular cycle points to individual lifestyle choices, which corroborates the results of the poll.
  • 60% of freelancers indeed said they started more by choice versus necessity, up 7% from the previous year. Youngest and oldest generations are most likely to start freelancing by choice, driven by flexibility and freedom.
  • The majority of freelancers who left traditional employment earn more now, with 3 in 4 earning more within 1 year.
  • Technology is making it easer for freelancers to find work online. 51% had obtained a project online.
  • 50% said they would not quite freelancing for any traditional job.
  • 3 in 4 non-freelancers said they are open to doing additional work outside their primary jobs.

Worth noting is that all of the increase came from the “Diversified Workers”, which grew 8% from 2014 to 2015. Diversified workers are made of people from multiple sources of income, including part time jobs at a traditional work and freelancing. They are a growing segment of users we see on CloudVirtualOffices and CloudMeetingRooms.

Not all of the 53.7 million freelancers are candidate-users of coworking space. For example, construction contractors and Uber drivers are not a target marketing for coworking providers. But what this survey means is that the trend towards freelancing is meaningful, durable, and will require some changes in the mindset of political leaders and legislation. The coworking lobby (in the good sense of the word, i.e. be the voice of coworker) needs to become a significant force to evangelize what coworking is, and push for changes in legislations that currently do not factor the benefits of the sharing economy and people’s desire to achieve flexibility in their work. These efforts can be everyone’s responsibility, but also need to be corralled by a trade association like the Global Workspace Association. I know they are working on it. Good luck, Jamie Russo!

Significance of Jamie Russo’s Appointment as Leader of GWA

Jamie Russo, better than anyone, can build an Association that is commensurate with the growing importance our industry represents.

Image of Jamie Russo, newly appointed GWA President
Jame Russo

Last week, the Global Workspace Association (GWA) appointed Jamie Russo as its new Executive Director. This marks a tipping point for our Workspace-as-a-Service trade association for 5 main reasons.

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Meet the CloudVO Experts!

Meet our Experts at the
Global Workspace Association Conference

September 10-13, 2014, Boca Raton, FL

Corner them in Boca… and ask all you’ve ever wanted to know about running a Workspace-as-a-Service operation. Collectively they have close to 100 years of experience running on-demand workplaces. And they love to share!

Meet the CloudVO Experts

What to ask them?

Laurent Dhollande, our CEO, started Pacific Workplaces 10 years ago and ran a portfolio of 15 business centers prior to dedicating the majority of his time to running CloudVO.  Don’t hesitate to corner him at the conference for one-on-one advice. Many CloudVO partners call Laurent regularly for marketing or lease-related advice. He’ll make himself available in Boca to anyone, CloudVO partner or not!

Kassandra Salas, our CloudAnswering Operations Manager, runs our East Coast to West Coast Live Answering service, managing several thousands of calls everyday.  She will tell you how we provide wholesale phone answering services to operators, the pros and cons of outsourcing that service, and share tips of the phone answering trade with you.

Keith Warner, CloudVO Co-founder & Chief Social Personality, has over 25 years of experience providing virtual office services. He has also been on the forefront of the social media movement, with a large following on almost all the social media platforms! He can give helpful tips to boost your own fan base, and enlighten you with his knowledge of social media.

Kate Plew, our CloudVO Marketing Manager, is our expert on Search Engine Management. Google has few secrets left for her, and she’ll share with you all tricks of the SEO and Pay-per-click art and science. How about emerging marketing channels? How about the effectiveness (or not) of traditional advertising media? Ask Kate!

Tracy Wilson, our COO, has been an operator of Business Centers for over 2 decades. She knows all the ins and outs of day-to-day management of a business center. As the chair of the GWA Fraud Prevention Committee, she has experience identifying and discouraging even the most clever would-be fraudsters who dare to utilize our industry services. Feel free to look to her as a resource if you have questions about fraud watch.

Scott Chambers is a CloudVO Co-founder and the current GWA President-elect, which gives you two good reasons not to be shy asking him anything on any subject. Add his day job as COO of Pacific Workplaces, and you have someone who has collected as many medals on his Workspace-as-a-Service industry chest as General MacArthur after WWII. Scott has been around the block, having opened and managed close to 20 business centers over his lifetime. If he does not know the answer to your question, you can bet he’ll find someone that does!

Jamie Garbisch, our CloudVO Partner Relations Manager, manages all aspects of new partner sign ups and works hand-in-hand with our partners to support them long after they sign up. Feel free to ask Jamie about any of the CloudVO products, or for guidance in product pricing in your area. Jamie routinely connects with hundreds of operators every year and is one of the sharpest observers of the supply side of the Virtual Office business.

Oh… and don’t forget to ask them all about CloudTouchdown

The State of the Workspace-as-a-Service Industry by Scott Chambers, GWA President-elect.

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Download Scott’s presentation, The State of the Workspace-as-a-Service Industry

Scott Chambers, COO of Pacific Workplaces and President-elect of the Global Workspace Association, recently shared his vision for embracing new elements of our industry, and gave us his view on the amazing reshaping and vitality of our industry at the Workspace Association New York (WANY) Annual Conference on June 13, 2014.

Scott inscribed the Workspace-as-a-Service industry squarely as a central part of the Sharing Economy, not unlike companies such as Uber, AirBnB, Chegg, or Dropbox. What these companies have in common with providers of Office Business Centers, coworking places, incubator space, and other forms of on-demand workplaces, is a similar value proposition of making an expensive, managed infrastructure available on a pay-per-need basis, sharing idle resources, and eliminating waste; with community-building as a critical enabler of the “sharing” process.

Scott Chambers Speaking at WANY

Scott articulated a compelling case to also place our industry as the core foundation for workplace mobility, along with the explosion of mobile tools, which Keith Warner, another speaker at the conference brilliantly developed with his Bring-Your-Own-Workplace discussion in the same meeting.

Sharing EconomyData extrapolated from multiple sources, including the GWA 2013 Industry Survey, Regus’ Annual Report, CloudVO, and Emergent Research, shows that our industry is headed down an exceptional course in welcoming this Sharing Economy. Scott revealed that the Shared Office Space segment of our industry worldwide in 2013 was over 14,000 locations strong, generated $10.9 billion in revenue, paid nearly $5 billion in rent, employed over 40,000 people, and hosted approximately 35 million meeting hours!

Scott’s next stop for a more in-depth discussion on the subject, with more exciting news is the Global Workspace Association’s 28th Annual Education Conference in Boca Raton, Florida, September 10-13, 2014. For more information, consult our Workspace Provider Resource Center. Join our Workplace-as-a-Service ™ LinkedIN Discussion Group for more data-driven discussions with our community of workspace providers, one chewable data-bite at a time.

CloudVO ™ Team